A new life in the hills

It’s taken a while but, at long last, the chance to settle in our new base in the Yorkshire Dales seems to be within our grasp.

Several weeks ago my partner Steph and I left the city of Glasgow, where for the last 13 years I’ve been gainfully employed as deputy editor of TGO Magazine – also known as The Great Outdoors, Britain’s longest-established (don’t dare say “oldest” or “long in the tooth”) monthly magazine for hill-walkers and backpackers.

In just a few days we hope to move into our new home – a 300-year-old rose-adorned cottage with a real, cosy pub less than 20 yards away – and to begin our new life together in the lee of some of the Dales’ iconic hills.

I’ll be starting a new life as a freelance outdoor writer – talk about poacher-turned-gamekeeper! – while Steph begins an exciting new phase in her career as a landscape architect with a new employer just a short commute away.

Over the coming months we’ll be filling this website with a bunch of entertaining features, soundfiles, videos, images and links so, please, bookmark this page and keep coming back to discover what we’ve been up to and what we’ve got to offer.

See you soon!


John Manning

Freelance outdoor writer John Manning and his family are based in the Yorkshire Dales